Carol Zuegner, PhD
Carol Zuegner, PhD, teaches social media, while putting it to work engaging her students and the causes she cares about.
As the resident “word person” in Creighton University’s Department of Journalism, Media & Computing, associate professor and department chair Carol Zuegner, PhD, takes pride in creating a fun and stimulating learning environment for her students.
Zuegner teaches social media, entrepreneurial media, international Mass Communication, and information concepts and practices.
“The hands-on approach here fits my own personal teaching style, which is informal and open,” says Zuegner, a Creighton alumna. “I want the students to feel comfortable in class and to respect their colleagues while pushing themselves to do the best work they can.”
Social Media and Social Justice
As an expert in social media, Zuegner recently attended the Gates Foundation’s Social Media Meetup in New York City by special invitation. Zuegner participated in brainstorming about ways to use technology to help improve the lives of the world’s poorest people.
Zuegner has worked with the poor through several Creighton programs, such as the Ignatian Family Teach-in and the Backpack Journalism program. Backpack Journalism is one of Creighton’s Faculty-Led Programs Abroad (FLPA). Zuegner - along with fellow journalism, media and computing studies professor Tim Guthrie, and theology professor John O’Keefe - take student groups on a summer immersion course to places like Uganda, the Dominican Republic and rural Alaska to produce mini-documentaries, blogs and other multimedia content.
“It’s the ultimate teaching-learning experience because we are right there with the students,” she says, noting the students’ work has won awards.
Zuegner also helps run an editing program called, “Pizza and Proofreading,” in which Creighton students help local high school students complete the complicated application for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.
Journalist by Training, Advisor for Life
For about 14 years, Zuegner was the advisor for the Creightonian, the University’s award-winning student newspaper. During her tenure, the newspaper won a National Pacemaker Award, one of the highest awards a college paper can earn.
Zuegner considers herself an “advisor for life” and stays in touch with alumni, many of whom help current students find jobs. Alumni have also come back to help with projects, including Pizza and Proofreading.
Before becoming a college professor, Zuegner worked extensively as a reporter and editor. For 10 years, she was with the Associated Press. She also worked for the Fremont (Neb.) Daily Tribune, Omaha Sun Newspapers, and the Terre Haute (Ind.) Tribune-Star.
She keeps her hand in journalism by working one night a week as a copy editor at the Omaha World-Herald. In her free time, she enjoys reading, her dog Sadie, golfing and traveling.